Places to Go in Galena & Jo Daviess County
Galena Country is overflowing with interesting historical sites, many of which have been named to the National Register of Historic Places. From our expertly restored 19th century Main Street to churches, hotels, train depots and other historic points of interest scattered across the countryside, we’re literally full of hidden treasures. Hit the road for a full day of discovery. Eleven charming towns are just waiting to be explored – and they’re all in a day’s drive!
Located on the historic Stagecoach Trail to Chicago, Apple River is home to a a restored one-room school house and white-steeple church from the 1800s.
Public marinas, lively pubs, Gramercy Park, a 45-hole golf course, and a 7,392 foot tied-arch and cantilevered bridge all make this a worthy stop.
See the only fort attacked during the 1832 Black Hawk War at this growing antique-lover's destination home to local art galleries, studios and five museums.
Renowned for its 19th century history and architecture, this river city is full of trolley rides, eclectic shops, great food, local wines and more than 30 B&Bs.
Visit the “Mallard Capital of the World” then sample the award-winning wine of two lush vineyards before hitting the slopes at nearby Chestnut Mountain Resort.
A great place to rest your legs after bicycling the rolling backroads of Jo Daviess County. Grab a bite to eat and pedal your way north to Wisconsin and beyond.
A picture-worthy day of cruising the countryside starts here as you follow the Stagecoach Trail in Jo Daviess County from this once bustling railroad community.
Explore a town where 90 percent of the village is encompassed within a National Register Historic District and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Learn about the birth of Kraft Cheese in Illinois' highest town above sea level and see where Ice Age glaciers came to a stop, leaving spectacular views along U.S. Highway 20.
Located at the intersection of two stagecoach routes and the Illinois Central Railroad, make plans to stop by midsummer for the oldest county fair in Illinois.